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Children's literature emerged as a distinct and independent genre only a little more than two centuries ago. Prior to the mid-eighteenth century, books were rarely created specifically for children, and children's reading was generally confined to literature intended for their education and moral edification rather than for their amusement. Religious works, grammar books, and "courtesy books" (which offered instruction on proper behavior) were virtually the only early books directed at children. In these books illustration played a relatively minor role, usually consisting of small woodcut vignettes or engraved frontispieces created by anonymous illustrators.
New attitudes toward children and their education began to develop in the late seventeenth century, when many educators appealed for greater consideration of children's distinctive needs and when the notion of pleasure in learning was becoming more widely accepted. By the early eighteenth century interest in children's literature (and a rise in literacy) led to new markets and a flourishing of new publishers, particularly in England. Innovations in typography and printing allowed greater freedom in reproducing art through engraving, woodcut, etching, and aquatint, although illustrators were still largely anonymous and illustrations confined to frontispieces.

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California Digital Library
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Publisher's chromolithographed pictorial wrappers
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Topics: Brothers and sisters, Orphans, Conduct of life, Education
California Digital Library
by Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905; Dalziel, George, 1815-1902
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eye 62,561
favorite 102
comment 11
Publisher's peach wrappers, printed in red, blue, and black
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Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888; Alcott, May, 1840-1879; Billings, Hammatt, 1818-1874; Andrew, John, 1815-1875
texts
eye 21,666
favorite 37
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Blanck. Bib. of Amer. lit.
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Topics: Family, Young women -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 14,667
favorite 36
comment 1
Publisher's tan printed wrappers
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Topic: Conduct of life
Publisher's buff printed wrappers. Laid in blue case with 1830 edition and with dealer's description
Topics: Children's poetry, Children -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924; Birch, Reginald Bathurst, 1856-1943
texts
eye 12,295
favorite 24
comment 0
Osborne Coll.
Topics: Altruism, Conduct of life, Family, Grandparent and child
California Digital Library
by Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
texts
eye 10,588
favorite 7
comment 0
Topics: Success, Conduct of life, Aphorisms and apothegms, Maxims, American
California Digital Library
by Isle, June
texts
eye 10,434
favorite 27
comment 4
Brown cloth over boards, blocked in blind and black
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Topics: Christmas stories, Children -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 9,744
favorite 16
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Publisher's yellow wrappers printed in black, red and green; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Swine, Conduct of life
Contemporary green printed wrappers
Topic: Children -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 9,026
favorite 25
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Red cloth over boards blocked in blind and gold
Topics: Young women -- Conduct of life, Girls -- Conduct of life
Spec. Coll. c. 1: Illustrations are hand-colored. Quarter green sheep; grey paper over boards. Inscription on paste-down endpaper: Charles John Buckdale. Given him by his mother - May 30th, 1826
Topics: Conduct of life, Moral education
Special Collections copy 1: Blue illustrated wrappers
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Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by De Morgan, Mary; Crane, Walter, 1845-1915; Swain, Joseph, 1820-1909
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The necklace of Princess Fiorimonde -- The wanderings of Arasmon -- The heart of Princess Joan -- The pedlar's pack -- The bread of discontent -- The three clever kings -- The wise princess
Topic: Conduct of life
Brown cloth over boards blocked in black and gold; marbled edges
Topics: Children's stories, Conduct of life
Hand-colored frontispiece
Topics: Picture books for children, Conduct of life, Children's stories, Maxims
California Digital Library
by Clifford W. K., Mrs., d. 1929; Stanley, Dorothy, Lady, d. 1926
texts
eye 5,074
favorite 10
comment 0
Publisher's beige cloth over boards, blocked in brown
Topics: Conduct of life, Children's stories, English
California Digital Library
by Victor, Metta Victoria Fuller, 1831-1885; Botstiber, Hugo; Osswald, Eugen
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eye 4,973
favorite 8
comment 0
Blue cloth over boards; green paper onlays, printed in blue, on upper and lower boards and spine; vignettes on upper and lower boards; green edges
Topics: Diary fiction, Conduct of life
The Broken vase -- Little Bertram -- Elm Tree Hall -- Belleville School -- Honest poverty -- Integrity, and its reward
Topics: Conduct of life, Children -- Conduct of life, Children's stories
California Digital Library
texts
eye 4,654
favorite 4
comment 0
Gumuchian
Topics: Conduct of life, Children's stories, English
California Digital Library
texts
eye 4,642
favorite 5
comment 0
Rosenbach, A.S.W. Children's books
Topic: Young women -- Conduct of life
Dutch floral paper over boards. In quarter green and gray linen case
Topics: Conduct of life, Education
Tree calf over boards with printed red labels on spines
Topics: Conduct of life, Children's stories, English
Imperfect copy: p. 45-46 wanting
Topic: Girls -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Weir, Harrison, 1824-1906
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favorite 4
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John McLoughlin publisher's yellow printed wrappers; vignette on upper wrapper is hand-colored; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Foxes, Geese, Conduct of life
Armorial bookplate of John Ludford
Topic: Conduct of life
Tree calf over boards with printed red labels on spines
Topics: Conduct of life, Children's stories, English
Topic: Conduct of life
Evans
Topics: Children -- Conduct of life, Epigrams
The story of Fortunio, the fortunate knight -- The story of perfect love -- The story of the Princess Rosetta -- The curious story of the white mouse -- The story of Princess Verenata -- The story of Florio and Florella
Topic: Conduct of life
Half red sheep and Spanish marbled paper over boards; spine tooled in gold; edges sprinkled in red
Topics: Conduct of life, Christian life, Obedience, Filial piety
Lacks binding? In folder
Topic: Children -- Conduct of life
Roscoe, S. Newbery
Topics: Youth -- Conduct of life, Natural history
Half brown calf and teal marbled paper over boards
Topics: Conduct of life, Natural history, World history
Gumuchian
Topic: Children -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888; Morse, W. H
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eye 3,266
favorite 5
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Blanck. Bib. of Amer. lit.
Topics: Friendship, Young women -- Conduct of life
Half red morocco and red cloth over boards. Final leaves water-stained
Topics: Conduct of life, China -- Social life and customs Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
by Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
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eye 3,235
favorite 6
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Marbled wrappers with the label "H.Raymond Barnett" pasted on upper wrapper. Ex libris Olive Percival
Topics: Success, Aphorisms and apothegms, Maxims, American, Conduct of life
Roscoe, S. Newbery (1992)
Topic: Conduct of life
Half brown calf and teal marbled paper over boards
Topics: Conduct of life, Natural history, World history
Publisher's tan printed stiff wrappers; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Conduct of life, Children's stories, English
California Digital Library
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The fox and the cock -- The giant and the dwarf -- The partridge and her young -- The cock and the jewel -- The dog and the shadow -- The dog and the rat -- The beaver and the fly -- The peaches -- The canary-bird and the wasp -- The quarrel among the beasts -- The dog with his master's dinner -- The pigs
Topic: Conduct of life
Moon, M. Harris
Topics: Conduct of life, Amusements, Children's stories
California Digital Library
by Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790; Short, Bob; Short, Bob; Short, Bob
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eye 3,082
favorite 6
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The way to wealth / Richard Saunders -- How to make much of little / B. Short -- Alphabetical maxims / selected by Bob Short
Topics: Success, Aphorisms and apothegms, Maxims, American, Conduct of life
Welch, D.A. Amer. children's books
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Topics: Chapbooks, American, Conduct of life
Industry and idleness -- Gold -- Iron -- The old travellers -- Coal -- The horse -- The letter -- The Quaker -- A striking example of anger, revenge, fear, justice, honour, and heroism, exemplified by the following story -- Analogy between plants and animals
Topics: Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, Conduct of life, Zoology, Animal behavior, Ores
California Digital Library
texts
eye 3,007
favorite 7
comment 0
Publisher's buff printed wrappers; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Children -- Conduct of life, Picture books for children
Tan wrappers; woodcut illustrations on outer wrappers: "A tinker", upper, and "A Jew", lower
Topics: Boys -- Conduct of life, Conduct of life
Osborne Coll.
Topics: Christian ethics, Conduct of life
Gumuchian
Topics: Conduct of life, Children's stories, English
Roscoe, S. Newbery
Topic: Conduct of life
Half brown calf and teal marbled paper over boards
Topics: Conduct of life, Natural history, World history
Publisher's printed tan wrappers; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Conduct of life, Christian life, Obedience, Filial piety
California Digital Library
texts
eye 2,883
favorite 4
comment 0
Publisher's yellow printed stiff wrappers; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Success, Conduct of life, Aphorisms and apothegms, Maxims, American
Roscoe, S. Newbery
Topic: Conduct of life
Tree calf over boards with red leather label on spine
Topic: Conduct of life
Roscoe, S. Newbery
Topic: Conduct of life
Spec. Coll. copy 1: Quarter red sheep and marbled paper over boards
Topics: Conduct of life, Children's stories
Davis, R. Kendrew of York
Topic: Conduct of life
Gumuchian
Topic: Conduct of life
Quarter red sheep and marbled paper over boards; spine tooled in gold
Topics: Conduct of life, Christian literature for children, Devotional literature
Gumuchian
Topic: Conduct of life
Spec. Coll. copy 1: Original tan wrappers with illustrations on p. [1] and [4]; in case
Topic: Conduct of life
Davis, R. Kendrew of York
Topic: Conduct of life
Wrappers wanting?
Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 2,650
favorite 8
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Owen, C.T. Handlist of ill. children's books
Topic: Conduct of life
Moon, M. Harris (1992)
Topic: Conduct of life
Moon, M. Harris (1992)
Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by American Tract Society
texts
eye 2,591
favorite 0
comment 0
Disbound; self-wrappers?
Topics: Honesty, Conduct of life
NSTC
Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 2,545
favorite 1
comment 0
Chromoxylographed illustrated wrappers
Topics: Theft, Musicians, Boys -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 2,541
favorite 7
comment 0
Special Collections copy(bound with title) = Lacks wrappers. With: The girl's token. Worcester : Published by S.A. Howland, [not after 1855]. Publisher's quarter tan cloth and printed green paper over boards. Illustrations on upper and lower board. Loose in boards. Inscribed in pencil on upper free endpaper: Lucy Pratt, Charlton, Mass. Ex libris Elvah Karshner
Topic: Children -- Conduct of life
Floral embossed stiff-wrappers
Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888
texts
eye 2,455
favorite 12
comment 0
The frost king, or, The power of love -- Eva's visit to fairy-land -- The flower's lesson -- Lily-Bell and Thistledown -- Little Bud -- Clover-Blossom -- Little Annie's dream, or, The fairy flower -- Ripple, the water-spirit -- Fairy song
Topics: Conduct of life, Fairies
California Digital Library
by Haven, Alice B. (Alice Bradley), 1827-1863
texts
eye 2,406
favorite 2
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Publisher's green linen-texture cloth over boards, blocked in blind and gold. Upper board and spine detached; in protective case
Topics: Boys, Conduct of life, Voyages to the Pacific coast, Frontier and pioneer life -- California, Gold...